Saturday January 5, 2013
John Walker's new Odyssey
John Walker & Sons is all set for a long and eventful journey with their new award-winning luxury whisky.
THE word Odyssey is on everyone’s lips this evening. It is not Homer’s epic poem they are referring to, but a new triple malt blend by John Walker & Son’s Master Blender Jim Beveridge.
James Thompson, chef marketing officer of Diageo Asia Pacific, said the new nautical-themed spirit was inspired by Sir Alexander Walker’s original blending notes. It was created to meet the discerning tastes of individuals who thirst only for the best.
“We see John Walker & Sons Odyssey as the next step in our luxury journey, and we believe the integration of heritage and progress, provenance and innovation will make it of the utmost interest to luxury connoisseurs in this region,” says Thompson.
Developed by Beveridge using Sir Walker’s hand-written notes, John Walker & Sons Odyssey has been carefully blended and married in European oak casks to create a drink that brings to life the House of Walker’s signature flavours.
“I searched a number of distilleries in Scotland for the perfect three whiskies to blend. They needed to have the right pedigree to create the aromas, tastes, flavours and sensations that Sir Walker was looking for when he created the original blend almost 80 years ago,” says Beveridge.
Think rich, captivating nose, a giddy citrusy palate and a smoky, lingering finish. Described as “an absolute treat” by judges when it was awarded a gold medal at the recent International Wine and Spirits Competition, John Walker & Sons Odyssey is sure to please even the most discerning of whiskey geeks.
But that’s not all: John Walker & Sons Odyssey is kept in an exquisitely crafted, crystal-grade glass decanter, which has been created to recognise the nautical heritage of the original.
When gently pushed, the bottle swings to and fro, even rotating up to 360°.
When at rest, it will always point up, paying homage to the steadfast and progressive direction shown by Walker himself.
“The Odyssey is a true celebration of life’s great journeys,” says Thompson. “In addition to paying tribute to Sir Walker, it also honours the game changers of Asia who have inspired a generation, setting new standards and becoming role models within their communities and creating positive change in the world around them.”
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